RV Sonne deep seabed survey in the Coral Sea
- Saturday, 24 October 2009
The German RV Sonne has one of the best deep-water multibeam mapping systems in the world, the Simrad EM120. The vessel was contracted by Leibnitz-Institute for Marine Sciences (IFM-GEOMAR) to conduct a series of oceanographic and marine geology expeditions in the Western Pacific during October to December 2009. Townsville was chosen as a convenient port to do a crew change-over and so the ship would have to transit across the Coral Sea to Australia. The Chief Scientists agreed to conduct a deep-water seabed survey with the EM120 multibeam system during the transit between PNG and Australia.